10/26/2021-11/01/2021


I agreed to try the spinal cord stimulator trial for seven days. The day of the procedure wasn’t as bad as I initially thought. The trial procedure required me to be awake for the surgery. The surgery took place in the provider’s office. As usual, I felt fine until I went to the back. My anxiety was off the chain. I had second thoughts. I was trying to find any reason to get up and leave. My husband came with me for support. The nurse came and explained some things about the procedure. Another nurse came in and asked my husband to wait outside until the surgery was complete. I asked her if she was a good poker? They are only allowed to stick me twice. She assured me she was the best. What happened after she poked me? She blew my vein.
The next day the medicine wore off, and my back was sore and stiff; it felt like a monkey was on my back. I was able to change the stimulator levels via remote. The company representative called every day to see if the stimulator was working. The only issue I had was the tape was pulling the wires and my skin every time I moved. For the most part, the trial was a success. Hopefully, they will come up with a better way to secure the wires during the trial.


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